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Class of 1980

  • CH
    • Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature

      Christy Hale BA ’77, MAT ’80 illustrated a children’s book about Ansel Adams, a restless boy who eventually became an iconic nature photographer.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany’s Gift of Hope

      Christy Hale BA ’77, MAT ’80 illustrated a children’s book about a Cambodian girl forced to leave her old world behind and find a new home in America. The book won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Silver Medal in the multicultural nonfiction picture book category.

      Posted 01/23/2017
  • Pamela Beery JD ’80
    PB
    • 09/01/2013

      Was named in The Best Lawyers in America for the fifth year in a row. Beery, an attorney with Beery Elsner & Hammond, specializes in land use and telecommunications law.

  • Thomas Brown JD ’80
    TB
    • 09/01/2013

      Was honored by the Multnomah Bar Association with the 2013 MBA Professionalism Award.
 Brown also was elected secretary/treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. He is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, where his practice focuses on civil appeals in state and federal courts, insurance coverage opinions and litigation, and professional liability defense.

    • 09/01/2011

      Was honored by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce with the Leadership in Law Award. The award recognizes those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has made a positive impact on the state. Brown is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester in Portland.

  • SD
    • 09/01/2013

      Was elected
to the board of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Downing practices in the areas of family law, wills, estates, probate, and real property.

  • Paul Elsner JD ’80
    PE
    • 09/01/2013

      Was named in The Best Lawyers in America for the 
fifth year in a row. Elsner, an attorney with Beery Elsner & Hammond, has 30 years of experience as a local government attorney both as in-house counsel and as outside advisor.

  • Susan Behlke Foley JD ’80
    SF
    • 09/06/2016

      Was appointed president of the University of Alaska Foundation, which she joined on September 6, 2016. Foley is a partner in the law firm of Foley, Foley & Pearson PC and has practiced law for the past 28 years. She has been active in philanthropic and charitable organizations throughout her professional career. Foley was a long-time member of the board of directors of the Alaska Community Foundation and served as that organization’s interim CEO and president in 2015. She participated as a member of the planned giving goals and visioning committee for United Way of Anchorage, and in 2014 she was the recipient of Alaska’s Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy Award from the Alaska Association of Fundraising Professionals.

  • SG
    • 10/14/2016

      Sheryl Gillilan BA ’80 was elected to join the board of directors for Philippines Humanitarian, a U.S.-based nonprofit that works to provide education to impoverished youth in the Philippines. Gillilan first connected with Filipino culture as a foreign exchange student during high school. She is also executive director of Art Access, a Utah-based nonprofit that offers arts programs for people with disabilities and others with limited arts access.

  • TH
    • 02/15/2017

      Thomas Hames BS ’80 joined the board of directors of the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail, Colorado. He is also the chair of the board of directors of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, which perpetuates the legacy of World War II’s 10th Mountain Division. As of 2016, Hames has spent 14 years as senior trial counsel for Travelers Insurance Company in Denver.

  • WH
    • 09/01/2011

      Was promoted to vice president and general counsel of the Alaska Railroad Corporation.
 Hupprich can be reached at P.O. Box 17500, Anchorage, Alaska 99510-7500.

  • Theresa M. Kohlhoff JD ’80
    TK
  • ML
    • 10/14/2016

      Marianne Schwanke Lewis BM ’80, currently organist and choir director at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound, Washington, performed last summer in a fundraising concert for the Virgil Cleveland Memorial Scholarship benefiting local music students. A longtime piano and organ teacher, Lewis has played with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Symphonie Concertante, and the Orcas Choral Society (where she also served as interim director).

  • Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84
    KR
    • 10/13/2016

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 was reappointed as chair of the ABA Family Law Section’s International Law Committee, effective August 2016. For 26 years, Root has focused her practice on family law, with an emphasis on international family law and custody disputes. She is a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe.

    • 10/22/2015

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 received the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation on October 15, 2015, during the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section Fall Conference, held in Portland, Oregon. The award recognizes Root’s contributions to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 13th District’s Legal Assistance program from 2001 to 2015.

    • 09/01/2014

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 was named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. Root became of counsel with the firm in 2012. Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) also announced that she will receive the 2014 Katherine H. O’Neil Volunteer Service Award, in honor of steadfast dedication and long-term volunteer service promoting women in the legal profession. Root focuses her family law practice on divorce and post-divorce cases involving complex property and financial issues, interstate and international child custody disputes, Hague child abduction matters, and relocation. She is a leading authority on interstate and international custody in the United States, having handled more than 100 contested interstate custody cases. Root also litigated the first petition filed in the U.S. District Court for Oregon under the Hague Convention in 1997.

    • 09/01/2011

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 became the anchor partner and partner-in-charge of the newly opened Portland office of McKinley Irvin, a Seattle-based family law firm. Root, formerly a shareholder of Johnston, Root & Leibenguth, will continue to handle a broad range of family law cases with specific emphasis on interstate and international family law disputes, including international child abduction cases. She can be reached at 1500 S.W. First Avenue, Suite 920, Portland, Oregon 97201, 503-226-7986, kroot@mckinleyirvin.com.

  • DS
    • 09/01/2014

      Retired from her position at Sather, Byerly & Holloway. Sather was chair of the worker’s compensation section, received the Douglas W. Daughtry Award of Merit, and volunteered for countless CLE programs. She plans to study yoga and learn how to fly-fish in central Oregon.

  • DS
    • 09/01/2013

      Retired after more than 32 years as an associate regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Denver regional office.

  • MT
    • 09/01/2011

      Moved to Barrow, Alaska, where she is the magistrate. She is one of two judicial officers serving the North Slope Borough. She can be contacted at Alaska Court System, P.O. Box 270, Barrow, Alaska 99723, 907-821-0678.